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The Naropa University Archive Project is preserving and providing access to over 5000 hours of recordings made at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The library was developed under the auspices of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (the university's Department of Writing and Poetics) founded in 1974 by poets Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. It contains readings, lectures, performances, seminars, panels and workshops conducted at Naropa by many of the leading figures of the U.S.literary avant-garde.

The collection represents several generations of artists who have contributed to aesthetic and cultural change in the postmodern era. The Naropa University Archive Project seeks to enhance appreciation and understanding of post-World War II American literature and its role in social change, cultural criticism, and the literary arts through widespread dissemination of the actual voices of the poets and writers of this period. Current interest in Oriental religions, environmentalism, political activism, ethnic studies, and women's consciousness is directly indebted to the work of these New American Poets, writers and musicians.

Funding for this project was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Save America's Treasures, the GRAMMY Foundation, the Internet Archive, the Collaborative Digitization Program, and private donors. If this collection is important to you please help us preserve it with your donations.

For more information visit our web site at www.naropaarchive.org or email us at archive@naropa.edu.

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by Ginsberg, Allen
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A class in Ed Sanders's "Investigative Poetics" series, led by Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg discusses the contemporary political situation and the way in which political situations do and have interacted with poetry, with specific reference to the FBI, CIA, and Secret Service.
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Topic: political poetry
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Second half of a reading by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and William S. Burroughs. Burroughs reads "Take Nirvana" and "Twilight's last gleaming," with the first appearance of Dr. Benway. (Continued from 76P122.)
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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First half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing the convergence of Walt Whitman and William Blake, negative capability, meditation and clear seeing. Click for second half of Ginsberg's class .
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by Ferlinghetti, Lawrence; Taylor, Steven; Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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A Peter Lamborn Wilson and Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading with Wilson discussing Harry Smith in a talk he calls, "Praying in darkness." Wilson also discusses Chinese shamanism. Ferlinghetti reads with musical accompaniment by Steven Taylor. They perform "The greedy blues" and "The breeding blues," followed by a series of poems. The reading ends with "Are there not still fireflies" and "Rivers of light."
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Allen Ginsberg concludes his reading at the Naropa Institute, featuring "Sincerity rap" and a notebook entry for the day of the reading, 7/21/1985.
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Part two of a two part series in which Allen Ginsberg discusses the life and work of Jack Kerouac in relation to himself and other figures of the literary scene. Includes some readings from Kerouac's piece entitled, "Vanity of Duluoz." This is part 2 of 2.
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First half of a class by Allen Ginsberg on William Carlos Williams and prosody. Included are discussions on Williams's poems: "Thursday," "To Elsie," "Horned Purple," and "The Term." This class also covers the importance of Williams to Robert Creeley and Williams's translations from Chinese. (Continues on 76p051, currently not available.)
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Topics: New American Poetry, Black Mountain School, beat movement, Buddhism, consciousness and literature,...
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Allen Ginsberg class on steps of revising autobiographical poems. The class includes readings of Hart Crane and Percy Shelley and discussions about Gregory Corso, Basil Bunting, and Ezra Pound. The class also includes discussions and reviews of student work.
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Topics: New American Poetry, modernist poetry, romantic poetry, autobiography, beat movement, objectivist
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A snippet of material that may conclude a class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, from a class series during the summer of 1975. The recording includes three minutes and six seconds of Ginsberg talking about the morality of William Carlos Williams and the subject of poetry and peception. (Possibly continued from 75P021)
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by Coolidge, Clark; Creeley, Robert; Lacy, Steve; Mackey, Nathaniel
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First half of a panel on jazz featuring Clark Coolidge, Steve Lacy, Nathaniel Mackey, and Robert Creeley. Coolidge, who worked as a jazz drummer at one time, begins by reading his piece, "A note on bop." The panelists move on to a discussion of bop as a language, rhythm, the relationship of words to music, and their own experiences with jazz. They also touch briefly on the work of Harry Partch. (Continues on 91P066)
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by Notley, Alice
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An Alice Notley class, with Notley reading her long poem "Tractatus." The recording begins about twenty minutes into the tape with Notley already reading. She reads the entire work and answers questions.
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by Creeley, Robert; Ginsberg, Allen
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First half of a lecture by Robert Creeley on the imagination of procedure with advice on Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Robert Duncan, Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, Robert Frost, and Louis Zukofsky. Also included in this lecture are readings from Pound, Whitman, and Creeley's own works. Allen Ginsberg adds to the lecture by posing a specific question to Creeley about Whitman and Charles Olson. (Continues on 86p022.) Keywords: New American Poetry, objectivist poetry, Black Mountain School, art...
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by Creeley, Robert
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A lecture by Robert Creeley on poetry in motion. The lecture includes a discussion and reading of Basil Bunting, playing of jazz, and selections from Poetry in Motion by Amiri Baraka, Anne Waldman, Kenward Elsmslie, Ed Sanders, Helen Adam, Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs, and Michael McClure. Keywords: New American Poetry, objectivist poetry, Black Mountain School, art in literature, music in literature, San Francisco Renaissance, modernism
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by Creeley, Robert
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Second half of a lecture by Robert Creeley discussing family relations, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Ted Berrigan, Charles Olson and syntax, Cole's Island, and Ginsberg's "Laughing Gas." (First half of this lecture is currently not available.)
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by Blaser, Robin; Creeley, Robert; Ondaatje, Michael
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First half of a panel discussion with Robin Blaser, Robert Creeley and Michael Ondaatje. The panelists discuss their personal histories, followed by comments on community, the 1965 poetry conference, the influences of books, homelessness in language and other topics. (Continues on 99P013)
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by Berssenbrugge, Mei Mei; Guest, Barbara; Waldman, Anne
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A Barbara Guest Tribute with Barbara Guest and Anne Waldman. The tribute includes Waldman discussing Guest's titles, Guest's biography on HD, and a reading. Guest continues a discussion on what a poem is, followed by a reading and comments on erasure, hauntedness, physicallity, and destructiveness, a discussion on ego, availability of information, and "experimental" being gone from Naropa.
Topics: Mei Mei Berssenbrugge, Barbara Guest, Anne Waldman
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by Cage, John
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A John Cage studio reading of "Mureau", "She's asleep", and "Six melodies for violin and keyboard."
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A Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture on utopian communities in America, including a 17th century community of mystics founded by Johannes Kelpius and known as The Society of the Woman in the Wilderness. Wilson divides communities into two types: platonic (based on an authoritarian, usually Christian, ideology) and anti-platonic (based on autonomy and equality). He evaluates communities according to how they perceive nature and wilderness, putting his discussion in the context of the differences in...
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by Ginsberg, Allen; McClure, Michael
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Second half of a reading with Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure, featuring Ginsberg songs "Guru Blues," and "Gospel Noble Truths," a few Ginsberg poems, and two poems by McClure. (Continued from 76p107.) Keywords: New American Poetry, beat movement, West Coast poetry, music and literature
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by Acker, Kathy; Brownstein, Michael
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First half of a Kathy Acker and Michael Brownstein reading. Brownstein reads a selection of poems, including "Paris Visitation," "Distance Between People," and "Breakdown On Broadway." Kathy Acker selections include "Sex Show." (Continues on 79P097)
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Second half of a Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture about the art of Sufi traveling. He continues his discussion on nomads followed by a brief talk about the travels of French poet Arthur Rimbaud. He ends the lecture discussing the future of travel. (Continued from 91P149)
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by Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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An Allen Ginsberg class on poetry.with topics including the poetry of Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Hart Crane, and Charles Reznikoff, and the role of consciousness and the senses in modernism.
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Topics: New American Poetry, modernism, beat movement, consciousness and literature
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by Wilson, Peter Lamborn
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Second half of a Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture on hermetic linguistics. Wilson discusses schools of thinking based on a mistrust of words, including Nietzsche's anti-linguistics, The Will to Power, and John Zerzan's Elements of Refusal. He looks at modernist and avant-garde poetry as an assault on language. Wilson also discusses mystical approaches to language, including the map of the cosmos with God-letters at the center, the function of the imagination, the ability of words to shatter...
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First half of a lecture by Robert Creeley discussing John Weiners and his poems, "A Poem for Painters," "A Poem for the Insane," and "A Poem for Trapped Things," affect vs. effect, Charles Olson, San Francisco in 1956, his works "My Mother" and "An Anniversary of Death," William S. Burroughs, and "Dogtown." (Continues on 86p017.) Keywords: New American Poetry, objectivist poetry, Black Mountain School, art in literature, music in...
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by Creeley, Robert
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First half of a Robert Creeley lecture on the origins, history, politics, and techniques of language poetry. He looks at how language poetry evolved out of earlier styles as well as its influence on contemporary poets. Topics include the ideas of Charles Bernstein, the work of Charles Olson, William Carlos Williams, Robert Duncan, Ezra Pound, and many others, as well as the possibilities for using words without referents. (Continued on 84P010)
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Second half of a lecture by Robert Creeley on Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan. Creeley discusses dreams, the Earth Attractive, traditional forms, Charles Hartman's free verse, Robert Frost, Aristotle and tragedy, and restricted verse. (Continued from 86p013.) Keywords: New American Poetry, objectivist poetry, Black Mountain School, art in literature, music in literature, San Francisco Renaissance, modernism
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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This is a class that Allen Ginsberg taught at the Naropa Institute in 1988 on Improvised Poetics. Ginsberg instructs students in several writing and visualization exercises in order for them to engage mind and its structure and form. He also reads Kerouac's essay, "Essentials of Spontaneous Prose," and then discusses Kerouac and Neil Cassidy stories and techniques extensively with the class. The story of how "First thought, best thought" came about as a play between Chogyam...
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by Creeley, Robert; Ginsberg, Allen
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Second half of a lecture by Robert Creeley on the imagination of procedure with advice on Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Robert Duncan, Walt Whitman, Hart Crane, Robert Frost, and Louis Zukofsky. Also included in this lecture are readings from Pound, Whitman, and Creeley's own works. Allen Ginsberg adds to the lecture by posing a specific question to Creeley about Whitman and Charles Olson. (Continued from 86p021.) Keywords: New American Poetry, objectivist poetry, Black Mountain School,...
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by Charters, Ann; Ginsberg, Allen
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Author and editor Ann Charters joins Allen Ginsberg for a class focusing on the work and life of Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Ginsberg and Charters discuss Mayakovsky's poetry, including "Lenin," "About this," "On the nature of love," "Sergei Yesinin," and "At the top of my voice," his play "The bedbug," his love affairs and his work for, and complicated relationship with, the Communist Party.
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First half of a class with Allen Ginsberg reading and discussing the work of Walt Whitman and William Wordsworth, focusing on their later work. Ginsberg reads examples of Whitman's prose and poems, including "Sands at Seventy," Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey," and examples of Wordsworth's "bad poetry." Ginsberg also reads and discusses Wordsworth's sonnets in favor of capital punishment, "Sonnets on the Punishment of Death." (Continues on 76p072.)
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Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, political poetry, transcendental poetry
First half of a Peter Lamborn Wilson (aka Hakim Bey) lecture on the temporary autonomous zone, or the pleasures of disappearance. Wilson looks at the ways in which individuals and groups have created alternatives or found refuges from dominant repressive social realities. He gives examples of groups who created islands of autonomy in repressive cultures, such as pirates and colonists who joined the colonized. He also looks at how artists and writers have achieved temporary autonomous zones in...
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by Ginsberg, Allen; Taylor, Steven; Waldman, Anne
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An Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman and Steven Taylor performance. Waldman reads "Artemis," Mother's curse," "Thoughts of the dolphin," "Duality," and other poems. Ginsberg reads his poetry and sings William Blake poetry and other songs. Taylor provides musical accompaniment.
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by Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche; Ginsberg, Allen; Rome, David; Waldman, Anne
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First half of a reading by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and William S. Burroughs. Ginsberg reads "Ayer's rock," "December 1974," "Hospital window," "C'mon Jack," "Don't grow old" and "Father death blues." Waldman reads "Musical garden," "Energy crisis," "Boulder poem" and "Shaman hisses." David Rome reads Trungpa's "Song of the white banner," "Letter to...
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Second half of an Allen Ginsberg class on writing poetry. He begins by referring to William Carlos Williams's exhortation, "No ideas but in things," comparing it to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's statement that "Things are symbols of themselves." He reads from Shakespeare's poetry to illustrate his point. During the lecture, Ginsberg also touches on Haiku, Kerouac, and other topics. (Continued from 84P022)
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by diPrima, Diane; Ginsberg, Allen; Waldman, Anne
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First half of a reading by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Diane diPrima. Some of the readings included are Waldman's "Fast Speaking Woman," Ginsberg's "A Manifesto," and diPrima's "Loba." (Continues on 74p009.) Keywords: New American Poetry, beat movement, feminist poetry, incantation, protest poetry, political poetry
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by Coolidge, Clark; Waldman, Anne
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Second half of a lecture by Clark Coolidge discussing bop prosody. The talk covers various topics, including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Ezra Pound, Robert Creeley, Franz Kafka, Henri Breton, Charles Olson, Neal Cassidy, and jazz. (Continued from 86p0009.)
Topics: Jazz, New American Poetry, music and literature, Language School
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by Blaser, Robin; Brown, Lee Ann; Ginsberg, Allen; Schelling, Andrew; Taylor, Steven
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First third of an Allen Ginsberg reading of "Pup Tent," "Newt Gingrich," "Skeleton Key," and new words to "Amazing Grace," followed with an introduction by Andrew Schelling of Robin Blaser and Lee Ann Brown reading "Even on Sunday," "Let Down Thy Bars," three versions of "Amazing Grace," "Resistance Play," "A Present Bow
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by Rowan, Peter; Taylor, Steven
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Second part of a Peter Rowan concert at the Naropa Institue. Rowan plays "Mama was a country girl," "My son, my son," "I dreamed of a home," "O Grandfather," "Sang all the songs we once sang," "No Woman, No Cry" and "In the land of the Navajo." Rowan talks about a Naropa fair and invites students on stage to sing "Brothers for life" and "Outlaw babies." (Continued from 87P027 and continues on 87P029)
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by Ginsberg, Allen; Whalen, Philip
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First half of a class by Allen Ginsberg on "Spontaneous Poetics." Discussion includes meditation and poetry with William Carlos Williams's "Thursday" as an example. Ginsberg discusses Indian poetry, Paris and Henri Micheaux, William Blake's "Tierza," Gertrude Stein, and political disillusionment. (Continues on 76p076.)
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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The first session of a class in basic poetics taught by Allen Ginsberg in 1980 at Naropa Institute. This session discusses Shakespeare's poetry and the Lyric and Ballad poets, juxtaposing these with Modernist, Futurist, and contemporary poets such as William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Charles Reznikoff, and David Cope, to show the evolution and direction of poetics. Ginsberg ends the session by reading extensively from Cope's selected works. This is class 1 of 33.
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by Waldman, Anne
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First half of a class from Anne Waldman's month-long series on female writers, "Some Women Writers," during the summer of 1977. The class consists of notes on Jane Austen and readings of her work, discussion of Virginia Woolf and Jean Rhys, and a discussion of the goddess and her role in women's writings. Readings make up most of the class. (Continued on 77p073.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, women poets, feminist poetry, spiritualism and literature
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Allen Ginsberg lecture on poetry, reading and discussing the lyrics to some of Bob Dylan's songs, talking about how to arrange lines of poetry on a page, and how phrasing relates to ideas and breath. Ginsberg looks at his own poem, "Wichita vortex sutra," and touches on the work of William Carlos Williams, Gregory Corso, and Kurt Schwitters's Concrete poetry. Part of a course series by Ginsberg in fall 1983.
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by Baraka, Amiri
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First half of a class by Amiri Baraka on topics including Harlem, modernism, Langston Hughes, black literature, Civil War, abolition, reconstruction, Richard Wright, Black Arts Movement, the beat generation, and underground ideologies. (Continues on 84p004.)
Topics: New American Poetry, New York School, African American literature, poetry and race, Black Arts...
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by Coolidge, Clark
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Second half of a Clark Coolidge lecture about jazz, including a discussion about his musical background accompanied by recordings of old jazz records. (Continued from 86P008)
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Allen Ginsberg and Ann Charters class on Jack Kerouac and Russian Futurists, discussing Kerouac's method of revision, his five-cent notebooks, his book Old Angel Midnight, methods of composition, his 1956-1959 notebooks, James Joyce's Molly Bloom and Finnegan's Wake, Buddhist Shakespearean plays, Kerouac's On the Road scroll, Visions of Cody and Dharma Bums, and a short discussion of the Russian Futurists.
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Lecture by Andrei Codrescu focusing on writing and publishing, especially as it relates to his experience in Romania. He discusses publishing with a focus on small presses run by writers. The lecture follows Codrescu's personal history, moving to New York in the 1960s where he encountered the mimeograph as a printing press. The talk continues with the end of the mimeograph era and the beginning of the perfect bound printing methods of the 1980s and the electronic printing technology of the...
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A reading of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's poetry written in English, as well as his poetry written in Tibetan and translated into English by Trungpa Rinpoche with British and American friends. Trungpa Rinpoche introduces each poem and reads portions in the original Tibetan accompanied by David Rome reading the English texts.
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Second half of a reading with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, and Michael McClure with musical accompaniment by Steven Taylor. McClure reads "Action philosophy," "Where are the snows of Hollywood?," and other poems. (Continued from 89P162)
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by Burroughs Jr. , William S.; Burroughs, William S.
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A William S. Burroughs, Sr. and William S. Burroughs, Jr. reading. The reading displays a contrast between William S. Burroughs Jr.'s writings and the writings of his father, William S. Burroughs, Sr. William S. Burroughs Jr. reads a series of short poems and plays the harmonica, followed by William S. Burroughs Sr. reading from his then unpublished work, The Gay Gun. (Continues on 79P104)
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First half of a Robert Creeley lecture on eco-poetics. Creeley discusses Edwin Arlington Robinson, Marsden Hartley, Creeley's time in the American Field Service, existentialism, Jack Kerouac and the dignity of being a writer, Hart Crane, Robert Frost and Louis Zukofsky. Creeley recounts stories from his own life and talks about the ways in which Robinson influenced him. During the course of the lecture Creeley reads his own tribute to Robinson, "Old poems," as well as part of...
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by Creeley, Robert
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Second half of a Robert Creeley lecture on the origins, history, politics, and techniques of language poetry. He looks at how language poetry evolved out of earlier styles as well as its influence on contemporary poets. Topics include the ideas of Charles Bernstein, the work of Charles Olson, William Carlos Williams, Robert Duncan, Ezra Pound, and many others, as well as the possibilities for using words without referents. (Continued from 84P009)
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Second half of a class with Allen Ginsberg reading and discussing the work of Walt Whitman and William Wordsworth, focusing on their later work. Ginsberg reads examples of Whitman's prose and poems, including "Sands at Seventy," Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey," and examples of Wordsworth's "bad poetry." Ginsberg also reads and discusses Wordsworth's sonnets in favor of capital punishment, "Sonnets on the Punishment of Death." (Continued from 76p071.)...
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First half of a Peter Lamborn Wilson lecture about the art of Sufi traveling. He focuses on travel in the world of Islam, discussing the history of nomadic travel and tradition. He relates several anecdotes about Ibn Arabi and recites a Sufi traveling song. (Continues on 91P150)
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by Smith, Harry
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Harry Smith shows his films while playing various musical selections to accompany them.
Topics: mysticism, consciousness
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Second half of a class with Allen Ginsberg discussing vividness and close observation in writing, particularly the writers who do it, including Walt Whitman, haiku, Jack Kerouac, Charles Reznikoff, Imagists and William Carlos Williams. Ends with Ginsberg reading a poem that was a partial model for "Howl."(Continued from 86p306A.)
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Topics: New American Poetry, beat movement, Buddhism, consciousness and literature
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by Duncan, Robert
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First half of a lecture by Robert Duncan, entitled "Warp and woof." Discussion covers truth vs. fabrication, Homer, Ezra Pound, imagism and Plotinus, magic Neo-Platonism, Pound's usury, effects of personal experience on poetry, dictionaries, etymologies, Denise Levertov's fairy tale experience, revisions, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, and Ginsberg and aboriginal poets. (Continues on 76p002.) Keywords: New American Poetry, San Francisco Renaissance, Aboriginal poets, magic and...
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First half of a class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg. from a series of classes during the summer of 1975. Ginsberg discusses the 19th century American poet, Walt Whitman, and a French poet of the same period, Arthur Rimbaud. He also discusses the poets' biographies and their innovative approaches to style and poetics, followed by a reading by Ginsberg of a selection of Whitman's and Rimbaud's work. (Continues on 75P017)
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Second half of Anne Waldman's lecture on performance poetry and shamanism. Waldman plays examples of performance poetry. (Continued from 87P033)
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by Ginsberg, Allen
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Tape 8 of an 11 tape series of Allen Ginsbergs class on Expansive Poetics. Subject matter includes background on Surrealism and concepts of language and the imagination as well as readings of works by such writers as Tristan Tzara, Philip Lamantia, Andre Breton, Robert Desnos, Vitezslav Nezval, Philippe Soupeau, Francis Picabia, and Benjamin Perret.
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by Corso, Gregory; Ginsberg, Allen
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A class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, in a series of classes in the Summer of 1975. Gregory Corso helps teach the class. Percy Bysshe Shelley and Thomas Hood are discussed extensively. The class reads from Shelley, and Ginsberg recites Shelley's "Ode to the west wind."
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Second half of a lecture by Robert Creeley discussing John Weiners and his poems "A Poem for Painters," "A Poem for the Insane," and "A Poem for Trapped Things," affect vs. effect, Charles Olsen, San Francisco in 1956, his works "My Mother" and "An Anniversary of Death," William S. Burroughs, and Dogtown. (Continued from 86p017.) Keywords: New American Poetry, objectivist poetry, Black Mountain School, art in literature, music in literature, San...
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Gregory Bateson lectures on "Orders of Change". While acknowledging the difficulties of speaking about change and stability due to the slippery positioning of the "it" of which one is speaking: "it" as existent thing or as "piece of descriptive material." Bateson distinguishes between levels of change, suggesting that more superficial changes serve the function of protecting deeper propositions. This is lecture 2 in a series of lectures. This is part 2 of...
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First half of an Allen Ginsberg class on writing poetry. He begins by referring to William Carlos Williams's exhortation, "No ideas but in things," comparing it to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's statement that "Things are symbols of themselves." He reads from Shakespeare's poetry to illustrate his point. During the lecture, Ginsberg also touches on Haiku, Kerouac, and other topics. (Continued on 84P023)
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Allen Ginsberg class on Beat literary history of the 1950's, discussing William S. Burroughs's book Junky and his first meeting with Herman Hunke. Ginsbergs discusses passages from the book, including teaheads (page 17), informers (page 47), fags (page 72), the Rio Grande Valley (page 105) and interzone prototypes (page 111). Part 2 of a 20 part series.
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Second half of an interview and performance by John Cage. Including a performance of "Empty words" with audience participation. (Continued from A002A)
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Gary Snyder class. Snyder discusses tips for writing poetry, several editing processes, and some Japanese Zen literary advice. He also reads several translations of Chinese poems, talks about Gregory Bateson and Wendell Barry, and reads Kenneth Roxroth's translation of a poem called "Full Moon."
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A class on the history of poetry by Allen Ginsberg, in a series of clases by Ginsberg in the summer of 1975. Ginsberg discusses the metaphysical poets during the seventeeth century, specifically John Donne and Andrew Marvel. Ginsberg reads and discusses several of Donne's and Marvel's poems. There is also a discussion of the metaphysical poets and gnosticism.
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by Blaser, Robin; Hawkins, Bobbie Louise
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A Robin Blaser lecture titled Belief, doubt and politics. Blaser discusses Clayton Eshelman, Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Lecture on the times," surrealism and romanticism, Victor Hugo, crucifixes and virgins, Francis Fukuyama and the end of history, Hanna Arendt, Lucian's "Zeus Rants," Robin Blaser's "Rose, Jack and Rexella Van Imp, Sappho and Ann Carsons, Martha Nussbaum, Ariadne and the soul as spider. The lecture ends with a question and answer session. (Part 1 of a two...
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A literature class, "Basic Poetics," taught by Allen Ginsberg at The Naropa Institute May 29, 1980. Ginsberg spends the majority of the class fielding questions from the class and discussing the practice of writing with regards to his own work and the work of his peers. Ginsberg ends the class by singing sections of Blake's "The Songs Of Innocence and of Experience." This is class 33 of 33.
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Continuation of a Basic Poetics class by Allen Ginsberg in 1980. In this class he explores the world of 13th-15th C. poetry. "Drop this poetry like acid," says Allen. This is class 2 of 33.
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Allen Ginsberg sings at the West End Tavern in Boulder, Colorado, accompanied by a jazz ensemble with Art Lande. Highlights include "Hum bom," "Put down your cigarette rag (Don't smoke)," and "Sickness blues."
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This is the second part to a class from 88P045. Tape begins with Allen Ginsberg and his class discussing images to create text and cliche and the faults associated with insecurity of self image related to writing. Discussion evolves to mention Whitman's "Song of Myself" and Kerouac and their candid nature and the consequences or beauties associated with recreating reality. The class then moves on to language poets and what they embody with a student reading Stephen Rodefer's...
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Allen Ginsberg lecture on expansive poetics, focusing on the influences of Walt Whitman. He discusses Surrealism, Albert Einstein, Whitman, Federico Garcia Lorca, Paul Klebnikov, Christopher Smart, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Hart Crane and Edgar Allen Poe. Ginsberg reads Lorca's "Ode to Salvador Dali," Whitman's "Reversals," "Respondez" and "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," Klebnikov's "Menagerie," Smart's "Rejoice of the lamb," and...
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First half of a Bernadette Mayer class on experimental techniques in writing and other arts. She reads some of the writing of Tristan Tzara, Antonin Artaud, Eric Satie, Gertrude Stein, and others, and discusses Dada, the unconscious, cut-ups, and sentence structure. (Continues on 78P082)
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Second half of a reading with Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure, featuring Ginsberg songs "Guru Blues," and "Gospel Noble Truths," a few Ginsberg poems, and two poems by McClure. (Continued from 76p107.)
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